Officials at a local land trust said they are moving to close escrow on a 7.75-acre property in La Crescenta, dubbed the Rosemont Preserve, after community members closed a $40,000 fundraising gap that was preventing the purchase of the property.
The Arroyos and Foothills Conservancy received multiple calls from prospective contributors after news of the shortfall and looming deadline became public earlier this month, said Executive Director John Howell.
“I am swept off my feet by the generosity that was shown to this effort in a three-day period,” Howell said.
The conservancy, which has preserved land including Rubio Canyon in Altadena, set its sights on the La Crescenta property last year with the goal of protecting it from developers and repurposing it as an educational and recreational space.
The property is situated at the top of Rosemont Avenue at the mouth of Goss Canyon, a privately owned, 200-plus-acre patch of hillside. In December, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich pledged $350,000 toward the total $450,000 cost.